Campus Safety Task Force Formed
Campus safety is on the front of TCC Director of Emergency Operations Heather Hancock’s mind all the time. And it’s not just her. There is an entire team devoted to keeping TCC students and employees safe.
“We have people waking up every day thinking about this,” says Hancock. “There’s a team that’s dedicated and unwavering on their commitment on keeping campus safety as a priority.”
After the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, TCC formed a Safety Task Force consisting of faculty and staff to identify ways to increase safety measures that will include, but not be limited to, technology, equipment and training. The task force is led by the College Safety Committee and reports to the Administrative Operations Council. The College Safety Committee focuses on issues such as fires, tornados and other natural disasters, while the task force specifically addresses concerns related to active shooters and hostile threats.
“The task force will look at the latest technology, facilities assessments along with National and State safety recommendations. The Oklahoma School Security Institute will be visiting TCC in July and providing a free assessment regarding our facilities,” says Hancock. “There is an abundance of safety and security technology available now. We want to make sure we are looking at safety measures that keep us safer rather than just making us feel safer.”
Safety measures are already in place, such as the TCC Alert System, which includes phone calls, texts and email, as well as the desktop takeover capability. Hancock says going forward, there will also be more training and drills so employees know exactly what steps to take in any given emergency.
Hancock says there will be more ways to contact her office with safety suggestions, and the team welcomes TCC employee input and ideas. An online form has been set up to collect employee comments.
“Obviously, stopping something before it occurs is the best situation,” says Hancock. “If you see something that doesn’t seem right, please contact campus police. Seeing something and saying something could possibly prevent a life threatening situation.”
Hancock has scheduled Active Shooter training sessions and hopes all TCC staff will be able to attend. She encourages everyone to review the TCC Campus Safety Video located on the Emergency Management website, and recommends faculty show the video to students and discuss what would happen if an emergency occurred in or out of the classroom.
Active Shooter Training Sessions:
|3/28/2018||8:30 a.m-9:30 a.m||NEC||Large Auditorium|
|3/28/2018||11:00 a.m-12:00 p.m||SEC||Small Auditorium|
|3/28/2018||3:30 p.m-4:30 p.m||West||Auditorium SC110|
|3/29/2018||10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.||West||Auditorium SC110|
|3/29/2018||1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.||Metro||Film & Lecture Room|
|4/2/2018||8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||Metro||Film & Lecture Room|
|4/3/2018||8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.||NEC||Large Auditorium|
|4/3/2018||2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.||SEC||Small Auditorium|
If you need police assistance, please call (918) 595-8888. If you are calling from a College phone, dial extension 8888. For more information on campus safety, visit http://www.tulsacc.edu/campus-life/campus-safety.
HLC expects institutions to provide support services suited to the needs of its student populations (Criterion 3.D.1), and safety is paramount providing such support. HLC's Criterion 3.D.4 expects institutions to provide students and instructors the infrastructure and resources necessary to support effective teaching and learning. TCC’s Safety Task Force is committed to maintaining safe campuses that will provide ideal learning environments.